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1  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: August 10, 2014 01:51:55 AM
My spot

Group 1

Kbrison - Blue/Yellow stars

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2  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 8 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: June 15, 2014 01:18:56 PM
So bobbiemay's praying got it here  Grin  Grin

OMG check it out
I am seriously spoilt. Arial from little mermaid is my fav disney character ever and I now have her in sock monkey glory! The shell bra and green tail are very detailed and detachable and i was even more lucky as she sent me my own Dakota travel mug. Btw the red wool hair is all hand sewn on with the rest of the face detail!

Bobbiemay i would love to know the type of socks you use? And stuffing? It's a large firm but soft creature and i'd love to know for when we get to do round 2? X
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3  Re: Ten minute swap round 4 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: May 29, 2014 01:25:06 PM
So many awesome packages... now you can drool over mine! Check out the mini hoopla i've been sent. Very quirky, totally my sense of humour and the fabric just reminds me of my childhood. But most of all can you believe this is blupaisan's first embroidered item! Lets hope u make many more as i still can't get a french knot to stay in place!
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4  Elasticated Maxi Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sparkledust on: March 17, 2014 12:45:43 PM
I've done a bit of reconstructing in the past and want to sew more of my own clothes. I have a serger and rather than get scared off by a pattern, I searched for some easy to do beginner tutorials on-line, I only had 1 metre or so of fabric in my stash so ended up looking at the elasticated maxi skirt tutorial. I browsed a few, dug through my stash and produced the summary skirt below.

Any other recommendations for easy sewing tutorials that could increase my skills are welcome

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5  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: July 23, 2013 01:43:06 PM
This is mine, so very excited, thanks Donniesgirl for organising again Smiley

Melladh quilters choice (deep northern blues & greens), I picked this pattern, Ribbon Star http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1550

jungrrl - starflower in vintage-esque pastel colours

EllaRain Garden Fence (happy colours with white fence)

And I too managed to use too big a seam allowance (twice!!) and got some just over 12 inches to send so hoping you can do something with these also EllaRain

Fontiua French braid type with corners (purples, teals, blacks, grays, whites)

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6  Re: Stitch Marker Swap Round 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: May 18, 2013 04:56:35 AM
Received from Mariak yesterday, look just how pretty they are, I think all my themes have been captured in one! I'm like a magpie!

Thanks you so much, as the only ones I have, they will be thoroughly used

I sent mine out yesterday, so hopefully you have them soon Smiley
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7  Two new skirts from ill fitting dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Sparkledust on: April 14, 2013 05:21:42 AM
So I am always really jealous of everyone who has access to thrift stores, you seem to get some amazing bargains! My closest thing is ebay and I bought both of the dresses below including postage for less than 5 each, both new with the tags.

However, they were both ill fitting at the top because I am very pear shape so very little on top and no dresses ever fit, I have to make my own. So i decided to turn them both into skirts, et voila!

The black jersey skirts was easiest, I only had to turn the top hem down as the mid part was already elasticated, the floral one works as high wasted but I had to unpick the whole top part (re do the zip as I accidently pulled original off dammit!) and then re sew the top hem and add a hook and eye. I kept the top parts as thought the floral straps may make a nice handbag strap and I'm sure I can bling something up with those sleeves.

Now just waiting for Spring to arrive although it seems to be brightening up. I didn't use a tutorial in particular, just read through a few but if you do a search you'll find oodles to look at.

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8  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: February 25, 2013 09:56:00 AM
My Gallery - Apologies they are a little creased looking or do not lay flat. I'm in a small apartment and we are mid moving so boxed up with little space and I'm having to take pics of them lying on the floor and they just keep sticking awkwardly to carpet and when I move it another bit moves! I am so looking forward to a proper craft room!

Homerof2 - Quilter's choice - Went with solstice star series available here http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1608

First one done, was thinking of doing an orange and pink one, and a pink one top tie the three together. They will have plain black backgrounds though as none of this fabric left and then more decorative ribbon parts. Link to tutorial for pattern - http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1550

danynn - Bookshelf

Got my camera working, here is my first ever bookshelf. I've actually wanted to do these for a long time ago. I saw once people using the edge strips of fabric down the spines to echo the writing so I've tried this out too. Hope you like it.

Pearliepie - Four patch star, a new one for me, need to cut the threads on the 3rd one!

kbrison - Thistlebloom available from preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'www.mccallsquilting.com')/patterns/details.html?idx=8475

This was the most challenging for me as it tested my patience as I usually avoid anything that involves a lot of cutting and/or piecing as I tend too get bored and it becomes an unfinished project. So pleased when I'd finished them though!

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9  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: November 26, 2012 10:31:36 AM
So I received the last two whilst I was away and they were great surprises to come back to, they also complete my set.

Firstly the arugami snowman by deathbeforedishes, he is one supercool snowman.  Cool

And I also private swapped with gala_apples so a nice stash of wooden ornaments, I think these will look fab on the tree, it will be a nice contrast to have something wooden and more traditional.

Thanks everyone for such an exciting swap. And considering when we started, its almost xmas, it was a great countdown towards the festive season  Smiley
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Sparkledust on: November 06, 2012 02:49:31 PM
I love those felt ornaments, it is a craft i really must try as I do like sewing. I received four of my goodies beginning of this week so it really felt like xmas when i got in from work Smiley

First up Homerof2 sent me this fabulous crochet snowflake and origami star. I'm loving the leopard print and it's so nice to have something origami as it reminds me of my mum as she is super into it so a lovely addition to the tree. The crochet snowflake is fab too, I've recently started crocheting, can't do snowflakes this complex but managed to master some smaller ones which it will go with.

I then received these little (and may a say surprisingly sturdy) Morivian stars from goldfishpollywog. These are fabulous and I'm still trying to work out how they are made (prob why I never got into origami). They were super duper packaged too!

I also received this week my amigurumi Christmas ornament from Ninaprettyballerina, and like evryone else who has theirs, I am stoked! Check out the cuteness, I also hope to be able to work out this pattern so when i get a bit better I can make a freind for it. Though I'm not sure I have the patience for all that beading!

And lastly but not leastly I received my wrapped wire snowflake from Avesthel, I also got two postcard extras so thank you ever so much Smiley I had spotted these in another post of yours and so was delighted to receive a couple.

With all of these I just don't know how you all have the patience, it's been fab to receive items I haven't tried to make or am not good at the craft and It'll be great to add to my crafster xmas stash.

I have just one more to receive and am waiting for everyone to receive mine but I'm away until 22nd Nov now so don't think I've dissapeared, I'll be back to post the rest of my pics then and check out the rest of the gallery:) The effort is just outstanding, what a great swap Grin
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